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Times Of The Gentiles (7 of 17)
JERUSALEM CENTER OF WORLD DESTINY
Now today we're going to talk about the times of the Gentiles once again as we've talked about Jerusalem the center of world destiny. Last week we came through the period of time May 14, 1948, when the Star of David was hoisted in the land of Israel, and Israel was recognized as a state by the United Nations.Now, although Israel had control of the land in general, it did not have control of all the land - the Western Bank and much of the land. Most importantly, it did not have control of the city of Jerusalem. Jerusalem remained under international control from 1948 to 1967. In fact, the Jews were not allowed to visit their holiest of places. And so it's very important that we remember that because their holiest place is the Temple Mount. They cannot walk on the temple mount for fear that they would walk over the place where the holy of holies was. Only the high priest was allowed to go there.
There is a wall called the Western Wall that is a retaining wall. We all know what a retaining wall is. It's the retaining wall that actually makes the Temple Mount flat. That is called the Wailing Wall because it is there that Jews go today to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. But they were not allowed to go to that place prior to 1967. Of course this brought great agony in their heart. And yet there was a conviction in the heart of the Jews that they indeed should be allowed to visit that holy site. So Jesus, again, notice in Luke 21:20 on your outline. Jesus made an important prediction. He said the Jews wouldn't be allowed to go into Jerusalem. He said they would be kept from it until the times of the Gentiles should be fulfilled. He said, "When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the ...
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